Williamsburg High School
Williamsburg High School
Class of 1957
Tattler Staff 8
Candid Glimpses 16
Baby Pictures 26
Traditionally, a yearbook has a specific theme; ours has a very general theme, but a theme as
big as the school itself--our theme is "Our School". What is it like today? What will it be like
in the future? What was it like in its early days? The pages of the Tattler will serve as your
guidebook through the Williamsburg High School of today. However, only your imagination
(plus some common sense) can tell you what the Williamsburg High School of tomorrow will be.
But the past? Well, a prologue is an introduction—a preface. So let me introduce you to school
life as we knew it this year by first telling you a little about the background of "Our School."
Where the Helen E. James School is now located, once stood one of the first schools in this
area, described as "a two-room structure at the junction of Main and South Streets opposite the
watering trough. The smaller children were in one room and the larger ones in the other. Boys
were on one side and girls on the other with Schoolmaster Ambrose Stone --stern and terrible
(on a raised platform) at the head."
The next step forward was using what is now Grange Hall as a school. The school went only to
the eleventh grade; those desiring to continue went out of town to do so.
If you found your high school course rather difficult, this is what an 1886 School Committee
suggested as a course of study: Grade nine—Latin, algebra, grammar and reading, physics,
physiology. Grade ten— Latin (Caesar), geometry, physics, physiology and hygiene, chemistry,
English; grade ele /en— Latin (Virgil), geology, astronomy, natural history, civil government,
American authors, commercial science. Of course there was one compensation- -the class
periods then were only twenty minutes long and since there was only one teacher, it wasn't
possible to get all those subjects in! And, noted this same school committee, education was
expensive; it cost $7.14 per pupil!
The year 1914 saw the dedication of the Helen E. James School, which consisted of Rooms
6,5,4, the office and the rooms below these. It was a proud class of five that graduated from
here in 1914!
For twenty-four years this building served the school needs of Williamsburg; then, in 1938, its
inadequacy was remedied by the addition of the Spelman Annex, given by Miss Elizabeth Spel-
man. Thus we have the school of today.
Despite the changes which have naturally occurred since these early years of our high school,
in at least two basic ways it has not changed; Williamsburg High School has always been rated
a Grade A school and, in our opinion, it is now as it was called long ago, " The gem of the
small high schools of Massachusetts".
We, the class of 1957, miss the presence of our former classmate,
Malcolm Heath, more and more keenly as we approach our day of
When our names are called and we rise to receive our diplomas,
each one of us will remember that someone who belongs with us is
not present. That you may be a part of our graduation, Malcolm,
as you were a part of our lives, your class dedicates to you this
issue of The Tattler.
It is with a feeling of deep gratitude for his devotion to us and pride
in his accomplishments on our behalf that we remember Lucius A.
Merritt, our soft-spoken superintendent, who died on September 26,
1956. He was the dear and respected friend of all who knew him as
student, teacher, or neighbor. We are proud to feel that we may
number ourselves among those educated under his guidance.
Lucius A. Merritt
Superintendent of the Williamsburg, Chesterfield, Worthing-
ton School Union, 1920-1953
Superintendent of the Williamsburg, Chesterfield, Worthing -
ton, Southampton, Westhampton School Union, 1953-1956.
We could not conclude these pages of dedication and remembrance
without expressing our sincere thanks to Anne T. Dunphy, our be-
loved principal who died last year. She set for us an example of
leadership and wisdom we hope to follow.
Mr. Earl Tonet
Mr. Edmond Houle
Mrs. Anne Belck
Mrs. Frances Grinnell
Mr. James Fleming
Miss Maria Lovechio
Mrs. Marie Thomas
Mr. Robert Branch
We Couldn't Get Along Without .
Mr. Richards and Mrs. O'Neill
Mr. Houle and Mrs. Graves
Mrs. Grace Wells, Mrs. Charlotte Nye, Mrs. Alice Dion, Miss Neva Nash, Mrs.
Mrs. Km it
Oh yes! Tim Moynahan!
Our after -school board washer!
Listening to ideas, debating the pros and cons of various suggestions, discussing and
planning and then revising plans - these were the preliminary steps which led to this
issue of THE TATTLER. Then, of course, came long, long hours of writing and re-
writing, long hours of typing, hours of proof-reading and checking and then -- sighs
of relief, followed by tremblings of apprehensions. THE TATTLER was off to press!
SEATED - Marion Gagnon, Nancy Wells, Miss Lovechio - adviser, Jeanne Watling, Mrs.
Grinnell - business adviser, Bethany Hemenway, Betty Boisvert. STANDING - CarolSmith,
Alice Hathaway, Beverly Brooks, Betty Beals, Henrietta Ronka, Patricia Moynahan, Corne-
lia DeNood, Dave Smith, Brian King, John Merritt, Ralmop Black.
Editor-in-chief of the 1957 TATTLER was Jeanne Watling. Contributing much in her
capacity as assistant editor was Cornelia DeNood who did the write-ups for several
school groups. As literary editor, Betty Beals wrote the dedication and memoriam
pages. Patricia Moynahan took care of girls' sports and Dave Smith wrote about
boys' sports. Other contributing writers were Alice Hathaway and Susan Gorham.
The business staff, comprising Beverly Brooks, Betty Boisvert, Charlotte Parker, and
Otis Sears, was headed by Henrietta Ronka. The artistic division pages used in THE
TATTLER were designed by John Merritt, Bethany Hemenway, and Marion Gagnon,
while the majority of the candid shots of school activities were taken by Pat Moyna-
han with some assistance from Ralmon Black.
The laborious task of typing the yearbook material was accomplished by Jeanne Wat-
ling, Nancy Wells, Sylvia Ferron, Neal Tennyson, Elinor Leonard and Sandra Kmit.
"Quiet girl with long, blond hair,
People never know she is there."
Glee Club 1,2,3; Prom Committee 3; Christmas Dance 4; RecordHop
3; Freshman Reception 3,4; Driver Education 3; Chorus 1,2; Play
"We seniors are proud of what she's
done . . .
This pretty girl who's full of fun."
Basketball 1,2,3; Co-captain 4;
Historian 1,2,3; Prom Committee
3; Christmas Dance 4; Record Hop
3; Food Sale 2; Glee Club 3; Tat-
tler Staff 2,3,4; Chorus 1,2; Girl's
State Rep. 3; Play 3; Driver Edu-
cation 3; Pro Merito 4; Freshman
"Dependable, friendly, full of fun,
He's one of the best barring
none ! "
Basketball Manager 3; Prom Com-
mittee 3; Christmas Dance 3; Food
Sale 2; Glee Club 3; Driver Edu-
cation 3; Pro Merito 4.
CHARLES "Sam" BOWKER
"Plays hard, works hard, wants to do better
There's nothing like a real go-getter!"
Basketball 1,2,3,4; Baseball 1,2,3,4; Vice President 2,3; Freshman
Reception 4; Glee Club 2; Driver Education 2; Good Government 4;
"If silence was golden like some people say,
She'd be living in Fort Knox today."
Vice-President 1; Secretary 3; Glee Club 1,2,3; Food Sale 2.
"When June comes, he won't cry,
His theme song's been, 'Oh, I'll
Basketball Manager 2,3,4; Baseball
3,4; Glee Club 2,3,4.
"Active and attractive -make a
Fit for very pleasant contempla-
Basketball 1,4; Cheerleader 2,3;
Prom Committee 3; Record Hop
3; Food Sales 2; Driver Education
3; Chorus 1; Play 3; Tattler Staff
"Corny' studies, cooks, and sews but is best of all
At chasing boys in the high school hall."
Cheerleader 1,2,3; Co-captain 4; Food Sales 2; Prom Committee 1,3;
Freshman Reception 3,4; Record Hop 3; Debating 3,4; Glee Club 1,2,
3,4; Tattler Staff 1,3,4; Play 1,3; Sophomore Newspaper 2; Driver
Education 3; Science Fair 3,4; All State Music Rep. 2,3,4; Pro Meri-
to 3,4; DAR 4.
"She's really not quiet, but don't you dare scoff,
If need be she'll tell you where to get off."
Basketball 1; Prom Committee 3; Freshman Reception- 3,4; Record
Hop 3; Glee Club 1,2; Tattler Staff 2; Driver Education 3; Chorus 1.
"Once so shy and quiet too
Funny what four years can do ! "
Basketball 1,2,3,4; Baseball 2,3,4;
President 1; Prom Committee 3;
Freshman Reception 4; Driver
Education 4; Play 3.
"Though rain and snow may have
blocked the way,
She walked a mile to school each
Prom Committee 3; Freshman
Reception 4; Glee Club 1,2,4;
Driver Education 3.
"Dig this--watch him go,
Hold on tight ! Daddio ! "
Baseball 1,2,3,4; Glee Club 1,2,3,4.
"Laughing at whatever comes,
Please - have regard for my eardrums!"
Freshman Reception 4; Prom Committee 3; Food Sales 2.
"His probing thought and curious
Secrets hidden some day will
President 2,3; Vice-President 4;
Prom Committee 3; Food Sale 2;
Freshman Reception 4; Debating
4; Orchestra 1,2,3,4; Tattler Staff
1,2,3,4; Sophomore Paper 2;
Driver Education 2; Play 3; Science
Fair 3,4; Pro Merito 3,4.
"Here's a girl who'll never tire,
A bit of Ire'— a ball of fire ! "
Basketball 1,2,3; Co-captain 4;
President 4; Treasurer 2,3; Food
Sales 2; Prom Committee 3; Fresh-
man Reception 4; Record Hop 3;
Christmas Dance 4; Debating 3,4;
Glee Club 3; Tattler Staff 3,4;
Play 3; Driver Education 3.
"Diligent, faithful, no task will she shun,
If it's for the good of everyone."
Cheerleader 1; Co-captain 2,3; Secretary 4; Prom Committee 3;
Christmas Dance 4; Food Sale 2; Record Hop 4; Glee Club 3; Tattler
Staff 2,3,4; Chorus 1,2; Driver Education 3; Pro Merito 4.
"This girl loves her fellow man
For no one loves a man — more than Jan."
Basketball 1,2; JV Co-captain, cheerleaders 3; Co-captain 4; His-
torian 4; Prom Committee 3; Freshman Reception 4; Christmas Dance
4; Food Sale 1,2; Driver Education 4; Softball 1,2; Chorus 1,2; Band
"Always calm and in no hurry,
'Graduation? Who? ... Me
Basketball Manager 2,4; Treasurer
1,4; Glee Club 1,2,4; Tattler Staff
3,4; Driver Education 2; Play 3.
"A temperamental artiste reaching
When will he unveil his master-
piece, that's the question."
Historian 1; Prom Committee 3;
Record Hop 3; Freshman Recep-
tion 4; Glee Club 1; Tattler Staff
4; Driver Education 3; Sophomore
"When she's embarrassed, no matter the place,
A scarlet red color suffuses her face."
Cheerleader 3,4; Prom Committee 1,3; Food Sales 2; Glee Club 1,2,
3,4; Driver Education 2; Chorus 1.
I " . I!
"A little shorter than most just
She can do a job fast and
right ! "
Basketball Manager 1,2,3,4; Prom
Committee 3; Freshman Recep-
tion 3,4; Record Hop 3; Christmas
Dance 4; Food Sales 2; Glee Club
3; Tattler Staff 2,3,4; Editor-in-
Chief of Tattler 4; Driver Educa-
tion 3; Chorus 1,2; Play 1,2,3;
Sophomore Newspaper 2.
"When she's happy, she puts every-
thing in it,
She giggles away a laugh-a-
Basketball 1; Cheerleader 2,3; Rec-
ord Hop 3; Freshman Reception 4;
Prom Committee 3; Glee Club 2;
Tattler Staff 1,2,3,4; Chorus 1,2;
Driver Education 3; Sophomore
"A non-conformist -as everyone
He's a moody genius in music
Prom Committee 3; Boys' State 3;
Tattler Staff 4.
SEATED: Cornelia DeNood, John Merritt, Patricia Moynahan, Miss Lovechio -Adviser, Jeanette
Samson, Henrietta Ronka, David Smith, Jeanne Watling. SECOND ROW: Nancy Hillenbrand,
Nancy Wells, Sylvia Ferron, Gloria Baker, Beverly Brooks, Betty Beals, Frances Vayda. THIRD
ROW: Sam Bowker, Rudolph Wittshirk, David Breguet, Walter Boucher, Alison Lupien, Neal Tenny-
son, George Heath, Don Liimatainen. ABSENT - June Braman.
CLASS COLORS: blue and white
CLASS MOTTO: "Knowledge is the fountain of life to those who possess it."
CLASS FLOWER: red rose
"We gotta have a class meeting" shouts our Irish class presi-
dent whose hair is always hanging over her eyes. 1967 will
find her still arguing but not so violently, still liking grinders
and hating the Snack Bar.
Class pest and
best girl athlete
Can't visualize Rudy without dark rimmed glasses, nor not
saying, "Censored! " He hates Lawrence Welk as much as he
loves modern jazz. A moody fellow, in ten years he should
be a novelist but at any rate should be watched.
A comedian who should be slowed down is Jan. Maybe
marriage within the next 10 years will do it. She likes
Deane and strongly, dislikes crazy people. Did you ever see
her without Henrie and Betty? Did you ever hear her shout in
clear tones, "Yippee ! It's Friday! "?
Nancy likes study hall but not studying TIME magazine ! She
and the Chevy are inseparable. "Kinda makes you wonder,
don't it?" Slightly silly now, she'll be more serious when
she's a public speaker ten years from now.
Dave and English IV aren't the best of friends, but how he
loves the Pontiac. His saying, "Hot to go" suits him 'cause
he's on the wild side and should be tamed down. Will he
have the "Big Chief" with him ten years from now when he's
Class live wire
,„,Zl'0* rr "--A»-
Hates school- -except for history. He likes to
say "Rache" although he doesn't know what it
means. Can't picture Neal without pituitary.
At 18 he's conservative --at twenty-eight he
may be a confirmed bachelor but should be put
likes "Gusie", cigarettes and making noise. She
says "Guess what?" and really hates school.
Mrs. Grinnell may find her still taking office
practice with the class of '67 but in everything
else she should be slowed down.
Pet like --Ernie: pet hate - -gossips ; pet expres-
sion -- "Oh, you." We wouldn't recognize her
without the Lincoln. Right now she ; s nervous,
but in ten years, when old and gray, she'll no
doubt be calm.
Likes pool but doesn't like girls (?) and seems to
be shy (?). Can't picture him without a foot-
ball. Will still be delivering newspapers ten
years from now, but we hope he'll be faster!
and class bluffer
Most respected member
of the class
Definite likes and dislikes has Walter, who ap-
proves of pony tails but disapproves of braids.
He'll be an efficient navy recruiting officer ten
years from now and he'll mean it when he says,
"Oh, come on ! " On the quiet side now, he
should make more noise.
"Meanwhile, back in the jungle — " brings us to
Don who dotes on 88 's. He and his Olds are in-
separable but not so English lit. He's O.K; will
probably be a mechanic in 1967 and should be
more interested in school.
Best boy athlete
One apt not to come
Class gum c hewer
"Cut it out," says Fran who loves Steve but hates
bossy people. She's obviously in love and in ten
years will be married. Maybe she should be less
"I got a letter! " says Betty, something it's hard
to imagine her without. Sports and pizza top her
list of likes while flashy clothes are at the bot-
tom. A studious girl, it's easy to imagine her a
successful registered nurse in ten years.
If you run short of pencils, John always has a
pocketful. Quite apt to say, "You conformist ! "
Thrives on excitement but not on Lawrence
Welk. He's a magician now, but in 10 years
he'll be a stock car driver and living it up!
A pony tail, dimples and "Hi ya, kid" are three
things that remind us of Bev who claims she
likes Billy but hates snobs. Usually absent,
what kind of policewoman will she be in ten
years — more serious about things?
Betty Beals-John Merritt
Two most likely to succeed
Gloria is the silent type --but in 10 years she
may be a real chatterbox. Right now she likes
shorthand and could do without biology but, as
she says, "One never knows" so she may change.
She might even give up her pony tail !
Cornelia was voted the class flirt which makes
it clear that she likes males. We can't visua-
lize her without long hair. A lively girl, her
philosophy is, "Have fun! " Perhaps she'll be-
come a navy officer within the next ten years in
which case she'll act with more restraint.
Class flirt and class scholar
Enjoys outdoor movies most, being alone least. She is
really "old faithful" and certain to be a success as a sec-
retary to an important man in 1967. Her most frequent
statement is "Let's go to Amherst. " Know why? Russ is
Oh, how she hates to get up in the morning ! When she says
"Oh, do I love that! " she's probably referring to that dia-
mond on her finger or a new Chevy passing by. A quiet
girl now, she'll be married in 10 years and probably not so
One most apt to be late
Likes lots of fun but not getting up in the morning, so she'll no
doubt still be sleeping in 1967. Her favorite question is "What is
that?" and her favorite pastime is arguing with Mrs. Thomas.
Kind of short now — we think she should be a driver ed. instructor.
L & M's best customer, for it wouldn't be Dave without a
cigarette. "Beats me" he says; beats us how he can be so
slow moving, but in ten years he may be on the ball. Oh,
almost forgot- -he despises quiz shows!
Jeanne Watling and Dave Smith
Two easiest to get along with
Likes girls and hates hair braids. He wouldn't look natu-
ral without a crew cut. He'll exclaim "Beans! " when
there's nothing else to say. Right now he is B.M.O.C.
but in ten years--who knows--maybe he'll be wealthy.
If you like math, hate spinach, sport an Elvis Presley
haircut, say "Haven't got time", you and Alison have a
lot in common. He is tall now, will be still taller in ten
years and still laughing, we hope !
Most variable disposition
Prophecy for the Class of 1957
It is the year 2057. Here at the Crossroads the members of the class which graduated from Williamsburg High
School (Rah!) on June 21, 1957, are having their one-hundredth (and last) annual class banquet. The Grim Reaper
has just claimed our last member, John Merritt, in time for the occasion so that now, after death, our class is to-
gether again in its entirety for the first time in one hundred years. Due to his scientific experiments, John had
sorely neglected his social obligations on earth — except for the period previous to his marriage. Now that he has
been unexpectedly released from his work on longevity, he plans to make up for the time lost by really "living it
As the last arrival, John is seated at the head of the table, the place which had been reserved for the last to arrive
at the Crossroads. John is now tapping his glass for silence; he is about to propose a toast. "On this immortal oc-
casion let us raise these glasses of heavenly spirits to the Class of '57, assembled, bodiless but not spiritless, for our
first complete reunion in the hereafter. Surrounded by these shadows supernal and memories of the past, let us
pledge our everlasting and undying unity as a class. Coir earthly dreams now evaporated, we pause here at the
Crossroads, our eternal destiny before us in the nothingness. A toast to our Class of 1957!"
"Oh I'll take anything you have," Jeanne Watling is telling the waitress. Still ready for anything is Jeanne, who
spent her younger years working in a television studio. As she grew older, however, she found that she could make
more money as a medium for seances. In this capacity, Jeanne was able to keep in touch with everyone, and so,
at the class meeting before the banquet, we elected her to write the history of our class this last one hundred years
Busily giving Jeanne the details of her past life is Betty Beals, whom we all remember as innocent, sweet, co-op-
erative. Betty started her career as a nurse in a New York hospital. However, a plague settled over Argentina and
volunteers were needed. Innocent, sweet, co-operative Betty volunteered and was dutifully caring for the plagued
Argentinians when a young radical in the government swept her off her sturdy feet, and married her. Betty then
turned radical, and became a leading radical party member. Now, Betty says she's through with politics.
She has an appropriate dinner partner in Rudy Wittshirk, the lad who had the most revolutionary ideas when he was
in school. Back in 1957, everyone considered Rudy the class, school, and town radical. But time had its effects,
and after spending some twenty-five years as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East, living in the midst of the
most rebellious rebels, Rudy decided to change his way of life and settle down. He had (accumulated quite a for-
tune from stock in the Egyptian oil fields by the time he came back to the United States so he had no trouble find-
ing a young, perky wife who took care of him until a few years ago, when he joined the other members of his class
here at the Crossroads.
It is interesting to note that his wife was a cousin of another classmate of our, Jeanette Sampson. Jeanette be-
came a hairdresser and went to Los Angeles to open her own beauty salon. She was so successful at that that she
opened a dressmaking shop next door to her beauty salon, where she introduced the vogue of co-ordinating hair
styles with clothes styles. Jan returned to the Western Massachusetts region about seventy years ago for a vacation
and she renewed acquaintances with her high school beau. They were married and returned to Los Angeles where
Jan and her husband happily lived until recently, when they joined us at the Cfossroads.
That fellow seated at the end of the table is Dave Smith, a lean, dynamic businessman. His departure caused a
crash on Wall Street from which the stock market is just recovering. Too full of energy to retire while still young,
Dave operated huge enterprises until his one hundred and first birthday. Dave is still fond of repeating his favorite
expression, "The devil finds work for idle hands."
Seated next to Dave Smith is Nancy Wells whose ambition in 1957 was to sell pencils. We all laughed then —
Nancy selling pencils! But she became an airline hostess, and on one of her flights, she met a wealthy pencil
manufacturer who had always wanted to marry a blond airline hostess. And since Nancy had always wanted to
sell pencils, they were married. Within the year the pencil manufacturer died, leaving his pencil business to
Nancy. Every now and then, just to make sure that pencils were still selling, Nancy would remove diamonds and
furs, don ragged clothing and perch herself on a chair at a street comer to sell pencils. When Nancy was about
ninety-three, she jabbed her hand with a pencil and never recovered.
Helping herself to more meat is our other Nancy, Nancy Hillenbrand, who had a great love for horses. This af-
fection did not diminish throughout the years, and between 1957 and the time when she came galloping up to the
Crossroads on a beautiful palomino, Nancy had owned and operated fourteen race tracks, three dude ranches, five
stables, seven riding rings, and two horse farms. The money to run all these came from the race tracks. Nancy's
horses won many awards, and Nancy's name is still greatly respected among those who know anything about horses.
Here's a guy who had the best chance of arriving here first, for he had the best equipment. Fortunately, Don Lii-
matanien's early driving experience (gained while careening down the Chesterfield Road in his "Ragged Rocket
&8*s" trying to make it to school on time) enabled him to become the top racing driver on the five continents.
Don's motto while in the driver's seat was — "Keep your foot rammed through the floorboards at all times." Some
observers feel that this driving principle was first developed while Don was attending Burgy High.
Another classmate who has made speed his profession is Walt "Barreling" Boucher. Even after he retired from
ramming experimental rockets through the heat and light barriers for the Air Force, Walt continued testing proto-
types for the North American Aviation Company and held down a desk job as vice-president besides. Walt is proud
to claim that in his long career as a test pilot, he made only one mistake — forgetting to close the door of the last
rocket he piloted!
"No, Pat, I don't want my bread; you may have it." Pat Moynahan still likes to eat. She, you know, took a camp-
ing trip the summer after she graduated; on this trip she met an attractive young forest ranger. The rugged life of
a ranger's wife must have appealed to Pat for she married him. She seems to have no regrets about having had to
live in such isolated regions — all we hear about are the wonderful skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, the swim-
ming and fishing in the summer, the beauty of living independently of the rest of the world. Pat always did want
to be independent. Just as achieving independence was Pat's earthly goal, so it seems to be her goal here for she
has already announced that she hopes her assignment will take her to some remote region where she can sit in quiet
June Braman has hardly touched her food — well, she stays slim that way. June was the first of our group to be
married. In 1965 she and her husband Ernie moved to Wyoming where they had charge of running a large cattle
ranch. When the owner of the ranch died, they bought and expanded it, and June reports that when she left, the
ranch was doing very well and the cattle appeared quite content.
Fran Vayda, one of the cutest members of our class, started life with a bang after graduation from W.H.S. After
she and Steve were married, they devoted all their energy to setting up a chain of restaurants and nightclubs. Fif-
teen years of hard work paid off, for by 1972 they owned establishments throughout the country and were able to
spend every summer traveling in Europe, North America, and Australia, and every winter in South America, Asia,
and Africa. Every leap year they used to return to Williamsburg where their permanent home was. Fran thinks that
after traveling around the world so often, being ordered to establish residence, at the Crossroads was indeed a re-
lief; she was getting tired of living out of a suitcase, even if it was a big one.
Her fighting days over, Beverly Brooks now sits with us at the class banquet; she hasn't lost a bit of her military
posture. One of the three Haydenville girls in our class, Bev started her career with a real bang — she joined the
WACS and was a member of the first all — woman field artillery. We are all familiar with the fact that Bev didn't
exactly look the other way when there was a man around, and out there on a training field there were plenty of
men. As you would expect, Bev married one of them — a general, no less.
We are hoping that Gloria Baker has been able to provide our banquet with some tasty dessert. Gloria also joined
the service, becoming a woman cook in the WAFS. Her specialty was baking, as might be expected from a Baker.
Once out of the service, Gloria opened her own bake shop, and was very successful. I heard she joined us after
suffering a severe case of ptomaine poisoning. Alison Lupien is giving Gloria a hard time in one of their daily
arguments of Navy versus Air Force. It was inevitable that Alison would "go Navy." Rising from the rank of third
assistant deck swab to commander, he forsook his position as "mop jocky" for the controls of a sleek guided missile
cruiser. In 1991 his cruiser "Cranberry" launched seven missiles to specially designated target areas in the Soviet
Union. Harmless smoke bombs went off "on the nose" and warned the world that aggression will not pay!
There's Sam Bowker reaching for a plate of mashed potatoes. Sam's dream of becoming an engineer was realized.
In the year 1982 he became the head of the biggest building firm in the country. After twelve years of designing
and forty years of labor, the greatest engineering feat of all time was completed. A six lane bridge across the At-
lantic Ocean was opened in 2034 — a huge memorial to the imagination and foresight of Samual "It will not fall
into the sea!" Bowker.
Over in the far corner, Neal Tennyson is fiercely debating between mouthfuls with the small group gathered around
him. Neal's gift of gab and philosophic outlook elevated him to the position of a latter-day Walter Winchell (an
early commentator). He was heard on radio, television, and had his own syndicated column in the newspapers. His
world-wide audience numbered millions who must be wondering how they will get along without his controversial
"pree-dik-shuns" and "inside nooze!"
Henrietta Ronka is used to seeing a lot of people seated at the dinner table, for after due consideration and con-
templation, having spent three years working in the office of the University of Massachusetts, she decided to get
married. It seems that the boy who became her husband was her high school sweetheart; however, being very ret-
icent, she never mentioned him to any of us. Happily married, Henrietta has only one regret: that she wasn't able
to see her sixteen great-grandchildren started out on as enjoyable and full a life as she experienced.
Oops! The waitress just tripped over George Heath's baseball bat — George never goes anywhere without it; he
hopes to run into Mickey Mantle sometime and get it autographed. Baseball fans will never know if George
Heath could have broken Mickey's home run record, before the baseball commission deadened the ball, George
presented the most serious threat. He had to content himself with the highest lifetime average (.502) and the
highest seasonal average (.648). Still shy and modest, George always gives the same answer when asked how he
managed to hit the ball so many times: "ah dunno . . . Ah just shut mah eyes an' let 'er rip . . . Ah'm pretty
lucky Ah guess."
Gentleman Dave Breguet rushed over to help the poor fallen waitress untangle herself from the string beans, mash-
ed potatoes, broken dishes and baseball bat. They exchanged smiles and Dave came back to finish his stogie. Dave
developed strong arm muscles by pushing gasoline from the time he left school until he joined us here. It would
seem that a person would get tired of pumping gas. Dave, however, had simple tastes, and he was content to man
a pump for years. How can anyo*ne do this for his entire life? Easy — when you're pumping five hundred thousand
barrels a day as the president of the Mobilgas Corporation. Easy — when you're pulling in seven hundred thousand
dollars a year after taxes!
"Local Girl Makes Good" story could be written about Cornelia DeNood. The only one of us who had anything else
to do with school after leaving college, Cornelia received her master's degree and then taught English at Harvard.
Her marriage to a wealthy lawyer, however, changed her role to that of housewife. Cornelia still found time to
write quite a few novels, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER and SUITABLE FOR FRAMING being so successful that they
were made into movies.
A portion of our after-dinner entertainment is going to be supplied by Sylvia Ferron; Sue has had perhaps as ad-
venturous a life as anyone, for she became an actress, her success on the stage the result of careful planning, six
months to a year living with the kind of people whom the play was to portray; before she played in the Broadway
hit DARK ALLEY, she lived from July to November with gangsters, molls, and drug addicts. Likewise, before the
re-staging of TEA-HOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON, she spent two summers in the Orient. The one play for which
she didn't have a chance to "pre-live" her role was that in which she, along with the rest of us, is now making her
very last appearance — Crossroads. It is only since forsaking earth for all eternity that she has been able to expe-
rience this lite.
Here, we are all, in a sense, preparing ourselves for our final roles. In a short time, our names will be called and
we will come to the parting of our ways. Before the assignment of our eternal destinies, however, we are all going
to have one last fling.
"Pass the gravy, please."
by Cornelia DeNood, Prophetess
Rudolph Wittshirk, Prophet
History of the Class of 1957
In the year of 1953, thirty-one freshmen started their four years of high school in Burgy High. We were
ably led by our class officers: President, George Heath; Vice-President, June Allen Braman; Secretary,
Malcolm Heath; Treasurer, David Smith; and Historian, Betty Beals.
Being a studious group, we were too preoccupied with getting A's in our courses to bother with frivolous
activities. However, we condescended to attend the Freshman Reception held in our honor by the seniors.
In September of 1954, thirty-one not so shy students returned to school for another year of study. We had
lost one classmate when Irene Dufresne Heath left, but we gained another in petite Juanita Tirrell Healy.
Our class officers this year were President. John Mexritt: Vice-President, Sam Bowker; Secretary, Juanita
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We decided we should earn some money to prepare for the many activities of our senior year, so we held
a food sale which netted us one hundred and thirty dollars.
A tragic event marred this year. On April 22, 1955, each member in the class felt a great sadness when
Malcolm Heath was killed in an automobile accident. Through the rest of our high school years we
missed his happy, kindly spirit and his seemingly endless energy.
We started our junior year fewer by five members: Bob Cerreta, Doris Cram, Barbara Stanton, Malcolm
Heath and Ralmon Black. However, we gained two, Jan Samson and Gloria Baker. This gave us the to-
tal of twenty-eight spirited juniors. Our class officers were: President, John Merritt; Vice-President,
Sam Bowker; Secretary, June Braman; Treasurer, Patricia Moynahan; Historian, Betty Beals. This
was to be our big year, for as juniors, we were going to have a prom. We chose a main committee
and sub -committees to work under it. With everyone doing his share of work, this big event was a suc-
cess. Our prom queen was Valerie Beaupre and her court included Henrietta Ronka, Frances Vayda,
Patricia Moynahan, and Patricia Gotham.
In September, 1956, we came to Burgy High to complete our last year. We lose five more members:
Christine Ice, Juanita Tirrell Healy, Mary Brewer, Lida Sherk and Valerie Beaupre, leaving us the total
of twenty-three seniors.
At our first class meeting we elected the following class officers: President, Patricia Moynahan; Vice-
President, John Merritt; Secretary, Henrietta Ronka; Treasurer, David Smith; and Historian, Jan Sam*
We then got started on the Freshman Reception. We planned to have it on the theme of "Beat the
Clock," but of course none of the freshmen would be allowed to "beat it" 1 We also decided to take
the freshmen into our senior home room for questioning whenever we wished and when they least ex-
Our next project as seniors was a Christmas Dance. In order to make this successful, we knew we would
need the co-operation of the other three classes. With the seniors leading it and the other classes helping
with expenses and entertainment, this also was a gay event. We felt particularly proud of this, for it
was the first all-school affair held in several years. Now we are anticipating the excitement of seniors
reaching the end of their high school days. In the offing are a play, a banquet, class night, and finally
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Facsimile of Same.
Today is the day of reckoning. Today is the day that the seniors in Room 1 clean out the debris which
has mysteriously accumulated in our desks. As we lift open our engraved desk tops and peer into desks
jammed full of numerous gadgets, we find a variety of trivial things which constitute the savings of a
four-year period. During that time, which for most was a time for more fun than study, we prospective
graduates collected everything. But no longer will our water pistols disrupt any study hall; no longer
will the teachers enjoy reading the Mad Comics they confiscated and read during detention, because
Neal will not be there to buy them; no longer will the spit balls harass the poor unsuspecting teacher
who is trying to get some knowledge into these smart aleck seniors' heads. Cold-hearted creatures
might just fling their lasting memories embodied in this trivia into the wastebasket, but we, being
thoughtful and generous, would like to leave some treasured belongings to those who we seniors feel
have the necessary qualifications and are responsible enough to care tenderly for them.
Oh, I hear a noise from George Heath's corner. He has just found the ticket which enables him to ride
to all the basketball games alone in the back seat of the bus. Let's see what George plans to do with
this valuable item--"George, will you say a few words to the underclassmen?"
"Yup. I guess I ought to leave this little ticket here to some one deserving. Well, Glenn Richardson
isn't really deserving, but the poor boy needs some advice. So Glenn- -I'll say to you, you'll be safer
there than anywhere."
Henrietta Ronka looks as if she heeds some help. "May I help you, Henry?"
"Thank you, yes. You see, I have the pamphlet which I wrote for the Federal Information Board en-
titled ' How to Hold on to Your Man , but I don't know which girl at school is most in need of it.
Andrea Culver has her problems but I guess she always will. Now poor Irene Timmerman has had her
heart broken by Haydenville's answer to a maiden's prayer, and is really in dire need of some advice;
whom do you suggest?"
"I think, Henry, that is up to you. I know your decision will be the best."
"Neal, what is troubling you? You look like the cat that swallowed the mouse."
My desk is empty--I am alone, I have nothing to leave. "Myheartis broken- -advise me what to do
"Why, Neal, you have the greatest thing of all to leave. Why don't you leave your sense of humor to
Mrs. Grinnell who certainly needs it after working with the freshmen this year?"
"Gee, thanks, you're a dream."
"Don, what's that brick doing in your desk?"
"Oh, I've had Mr. Bisbee worried so many times about the way I drive my car into the school yard that
I thought I would leave him this brick, which accidentally fell out of the building this morning."
Golly, Dave Breguet looks sad. Can it be that he feels sorrowful because his school days are over?
"What's the matter, Dave?"
"It seems that all I have to give away are my love life problems. I get so blue thinking aoout them
that I'm going to leave them to Billy Monroe with this suggestion: Watch out, Billy-boy, you don't
know what you're getting into!"
Do you know anyone who keeps a tube of toothpaste in her desk? I do. Hadn't you noticed Jeanette
Samson's ever -bright smile?
"Jan, what are you so happy about?"
"Well. I was just practicing so that when I leave my tube of Pepsodent to Mr. Fleming, he'll see what
it's done for me."
"But why are you leaving your smile to him?"
"He has a hard time being happy, doesn't he? I really don't know why, either."
Gipes, that noise startled me ! I'm still not used to Alison Lupien's laugh.
"Alison, never mind giving away anything in your desk. Why don't you get rid of that laugh?"
"O.K. Ill give it to Viola McPherson in hopes that if she uses it constantly, her marks in Mr. Branch's
room may improve. You must have heard it said that no one gets good marks in Mr. Branch's room un-
less he can hear him laugh,"
"Jeanne, your desk looks like a drug store. What are you doing with your vitamin pills?"
"I hate to throw them away while they're still potent. Taking only twelve of these after each meal
really made me bounce with energy. Well, maybe Kathleen Dansereau would like to try them."
"Rudy, you must have something novel to contribute."
"It seems to be common knowledge that I have a special way of getting along with teachers. Since I
won't need it in college, I guess 111 leave this ability to Larry Stout who seems the likeliest one to fol-
low in my footsteps."
"Gloria, why are you saving that crumpled-up attendance slip?"
"I'm dot saving it; I'm going to give it to Robert Clifford. Since he has nothing to do except roam
aimlessly during activity period, he might as well collect the attendance slips."
Is there a doctor in the house? Poor Walter looks as though he is really suffering. "What's the matter.
"Oh, the damp weather causes my rheumatism to kick up. I developed it as a result of a bad bruise I
received when sitting on the basketball bench next to Mr. Tonet, I believe the only thing I can leave
with the proper attitude is this advice to next year's basketball manager: keep smiling--the agony only
lasts a little while."
Where is Sue? She's gone! Deserted! Oh, there she goes flying down the stain. Everyday at this time
she pays a visit to the janitor who, incidentally has a son Sue knows. I'm sure Sue is too possessive to
leave this wonderful occupation to any underclassman!
Nancy Hillenbrand is poking through her biology papers. "Want me to toss them in the basket, Nancy?"
"Oh, no, I thought it would be nice to give them to Billy MacAvoy who will certainly be taking that
course again next year. Save him the trouble of scouting around for answers. "
'Very nice, Nancy."
'Someone will appreciate that box of stationery and pretty pen, Beverly."
"I seem to be notorious for my forged absent excuses and therefore, I decided to leave my equipment to
Muralie MacCarthy who apparently does not have the professional touch."
Nancy Wells never looked so interested in her problems of democracy text book before. "What's up,
"I'm leaving the problems of democracy to be solved by Mr. Houle, and I hope he has more luck with
them than I did."
"Betty, you have quite a crazy-looking gadget there. What is that?"
"It's the weather vane which used to be on our Pontiac, constantly pointing to Ashfield. Paulette La-
Palm may have it and I wish her as much luck there as I had."
Sam Bowker is quite absorbed in something. "What are you doing Sam?"
"I'm looking over my collection of autographed pictures of the freshman girls. You know, I think it
would be a good idea to give these pictures to Timo Moynahan; the poor guy certainly needs some type
"Dave Smith, what are you doing trying to sneak out the back door?"
"I figured I'd leave just the way I came --by the back door."
Humming while she stacks her possessions on the floor is Fran Vayda. "Oh, I am so happy that I won't
have to hunt to find some excuse to take a ride in the Buick next year during lunch period. So I hereby
bequeath lunch periods and this box of K-rations to anyone who can enjoy them as much as I have. Of
course it must also be someone who can get along without food! I know --sister Mary will appreciate
"Cornelia "--pant, pant--"Wait, please stop for just a minute. What memento do you plan to leave be-
hind when you graduate?"
"I suppose I had better leave chasing the boys in the halls to anyone who can catch them better than I.
Now please excuse me, there goes a real hunk of beef."
"Poor Comey, what is she going to do at her all girls' school next year?"
Scratching his head, John appears rather dumbfounded as he stuffs important looking documents into his
briefcase. "What is troubling you John?"
"I need everything I have here, and I really want to leave something. I know- -when I am dead and
gone the biology class at Burgy High may have my brain, so that they can dissect it and see what it
takes to make the honor roll for four years."
June Braman's desk is so nice and neat that she has nothing foolish in it to leave to anyone, and yet
June wants to join in and give the school something that just could not be duplicated. Therefore, June
is leaving her wonderful disposition to Miss Lovechio who certainly needs it after working with Pat
Moynahan on this class will ! !
"Oh my, I forgot- -I have two desks of my own to clean out. Wait- -don't rush off, there must be some-
thing here I don't want anymore . . . Here, I'll send all this debating material down to Russell Damon.
He's already off to a good start at arguing himself out of trouble. Besides, I'm really not the argumenta-
tive type myself! "
This overflowing wastebasket is a sign that everyone in the class of 1957 has had a great deal of fun anc
a great deal of enjoyment during his four years here and so, on behalf of the Class of '57, I leave this
sign of four successful years to the school, and to Mr. Bisbee in particular, who, we are sure, will have
fun dumping it.
In addition to the individual gifts we have graciously bestowed on our successors, we, the class of 1957,
also lea :e such lasting memories of us as:
I. Henrietta Ronka's name carved into all the desks in all the rooms; each one with some different
boy's name under it.
II. The thermometer in Room I to anyone who wants it; it certainly does not guarantee any heat.
III. The laboratory in one piece, no thanks to the chemistry class.
IV. Mrs. Thomas's new gray hairs (although why she blames us for them, we can't imagine).
V. Clean and empty desks in Room I- -ready and waiting for next year's senior class.
Here We Are! Angels As We Backward Look!
FIRST ROW: Margaret Snow, Alice Hathaway, Charles Sears, Sandra Kmit, Elinor Leonard. SECOND ROW:
Raymond Gingras, Mary Vayda, Suzanne Graves, Betty Boisvert, Terry Smith, Willard Payne. THIRD ROW:
John Rice, Ron Packard, Ralmon Black, Freeman Sears, Otis Sears.
We're the juniors! We've been at Burgy High for three years now. Since our freshman
year, Burgy High has become very familiar to us and we know our classmates better.
For instance, we know that Ralmon Black can be relied upon to crack corny jokes, that
Freeman and Otis Sears seldom miss an opportunity to exchange brotherly but uncom-
plimentary remarks about each other, and that Ron Packard and Charlie Sears can keep
our classes in stitches with their antics.
The officers for this year were Charles Sears, President; Sandra Kmit, Vice-President;
Margaret Snow, Treasurer; Alice Hathaway, Secretary; and Elinor Leonard, Historian,
Our big project was the Junior Prom. We enjoyed putting it on and we like to believe
everyone enjoyed going to it.
Next year, we'll be seniors--won't we?
SEATED, FIRST ROW: Patricia Money, Irene Timmerman, Mary Carr, Martha Hinton, Judy Breguet, Kathy
LaValle, Dorcas Houle. SECOND ROW: Connie Baker, Andrea Culver, Esther Snow, Bethany Hem enway,
Brian King, Marion Gagnon, Charlotte Parker, Carol Smith. STANDING, FIRST ROW: Billy McAvoy, Larry
Ames, John Judd, Harry Williston, Paul Webb, William Reeves, Richard Robarge, Joseph Gagnon. SECOND
ROW: Stephen Thayer, Walter Wittshirk, Frank Kushka, Larry Stout, Glenn Richardson.
Last year we contributed little to the school activities and social affairs, but this year
we were determined to at least increase the class treasury. Our first step toward a-
chieving this aim was electing class officers to lead us: President, Brian King; Vice-
President, Marion Gagnon; Secretary, Esther Snow; Treasurer, Andrea Culver; His-
torian, Bethany Hemenway.
In March we held a food sale and realized about a hundred dollars for our effort.
If we were to make some "junior year resolutions", we might wish that Billy McAvoy
will endeavor to do his homework more often, Larry Ames will escape detention hall
occasionally and that Carol Smith and Martha Hinton will share their good marks with
the other members of the class.
FIRST ROW, SEATED: Stanley Gromelski, Susan Gorham, Susan Senecal, Virginia Johnson, Wilfred Sam-
son. SECOND ROW: Barbara Pollen, Beverly Ramstrora, Kathy Walsh, Betty Sherk, Susan Ballway, Pearl
Adams, Katherine Sroczyk, Frances Sroczyk, Mary Jean Breguet, Martha Morrey, Geraldine Sanger. THIRD
ROW, STANDING: Patricia Lyons, Paulette La Palm, Joan Robbins, Linda Morton, Nancy Dufresne, Marilyn
Boucher, Russell Damon, Timmy Mosher, Diana Damon, Carol MacDonaid, Betty Greene, Mary Jane Sanger,
Maralee McCarthy. FOURTH ROW: Richard Wittshirk, Tim Moynahan, Bruce Mack, Richard Tetreault,
Robert Mason, Edward O'Brien, David Healy, Richard Ames, John Munroe , William Munroe, Robert Clif-
The freshman class of 1960 started its high school career as most freshmen do- -unsure
of ourselves and uncertain about our teachers and courses. Our first activity as high
school students was electing class officers: President, Wilfred Samson; Vice President,
Stanley Gromelski; Secretary, Susan Senecal; Treasurer, Virginia Johnson; Historian,
A good year lay ahead of us except for one thing. We still had to face Freshman
Reception! That night we would be at the mercy of the seniors and we looked for-
ward to it with mixed feelings of dread and apprehension, anticipation and curiosity.
The evening was fun, though, with the exception, perhaps, of the part in which we were
The freshman class had no worries about school life getting dull. We had weapons for
combating dullness --paper airplanes, erasers, clay, rock 'n roll pins, tacks, etc. There
was always some activity in the freshman room. Unfortunately, as a result of this ac-
tivity, "sanctions were imposed." All the definitions of the word "set" had to be copied
from the unabridged dictionary. A large piece of paper had to be covered with, "I
will settle down when the bell rings at 9:00." These experiences made us realize that
there were limitations, as to what we could do for entertainment.
Though our class was rather lively during the freshman year, surely it will quiet down
within the next three years and it will be a tamed class which graduates in 1960 -- we
Pro Merito for Merit
SEATED: Sam Bowker, Cornelia De-
Nood, Henrietta Ronka, Betty Beals,
Sandra Kmit, Alice Hathaway.
STANDING: Ruby Wittshirk, Ron
Packard, Charles Sears, John Merritt,
May 16, 1957. This was the date of the Fortieth Annual Convention of the Pro Merito Societies of Massachusetts.
To belong to the Williamsburg Pro Merito Society in the junior year, one must have a scholastic average of at
least 85 for the preceding three years; to belong in the senior year, the average must be 85 or above for four years
of high school. The senior members receive Pro Merito pins at graduation.
To the Pro Merito Conference, then, with Mr. Houle as faculty advisor, the W.H.S. Pro Merito chapter drove off
on May 16. What did they do? What did they see? What did they hear?
The place was the new South Hadley High School. Seated in the luxurious auditorium, the Williamsburg students,
with the members of may other Pro Merito chapters, acknowledged with appluse the greetings of Pro Merito Execu-
tive members, the singing of a South Hadley High School trio, a Spanish dance by a Spaniard, a German folk dance
by two Germans, a Japanese skit by three Japanese, and a trumpet duet by two trumpeters. And everyone listened
with interest to the description of teen-age life in Japan and in Africa. The business meeting before dinner con-
sisted of roll call, various reports, and discussion on the question: "How can scholarship be made more respected?'
After dinner the South Hadley High School Drama Club provided pleasant entertainment by presenting scenes frorr
A MID-SUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Thus the conference closed with Shakespeare having the last word; this was
not the first time.
SEATED: Suzanne Graves, Terry Smith, Sandra Kmit, Jan Samson, Mary Vayda, Betty Boisvert. STANDING:
Earl Tonct -Instructor, Connie Baker, Raymond Gingras, George Heath, Frank Kushka , Mary Jane Sanger.
THRID ROW: Russell Damon, Wilfred Samson, Harry Williston, Otis Sears, Freeman Sears, Glenn Richard-
Our Newest Organization— The Science Club
In no particular order these are the members - Walter Boucher, John Merritt, Harry Williston, Neal Tennyson,
Ralmon Black, David Brequet, Frances Sroczyk, Diana Damon, Judy Brequet, Gerry Sanger, Carol Smith, Kathryn
Sroczyk, Dorcas Houle, Nancy Dufresne, Marilyn Boucher, Pat Lyons, Paulette LaPalm , Beverly Ramstrum , Bar-
bara Pollen. Larry Stout, Ricky Wittshirk, Russell Damon, Edward O'Brien, Walter Wittshirk, Richard Roberge,
Kathy Walsh, Mary Jane Sanger, Cornelia DeNood, Betty Greene, Linda Morton, Carol MacDonald, Susan Ball-
way, Robert Clifford, Betty Shirk, William MacAvoy, Bill Munroe. Tim Mosher, Sue Senecal, Jeannie Brequet,
Martha Morrey, Susan Gotham , Marion Gannon
The newest and largest, organization in tne high school, the Science Club, is the result ot the combined enthus-
iasm of the students and Mrs. Belck, our science teacher. Although the club wasn't formed until April, the
members have all ready had the opportunity to enjoy the first of a series of field trips dealing with geology,
botany, zoology and astronomy. The first field trip, rock -hunting at Chesterfield Gorge, showed indeed that be-
longing to this Club adds delightfully to our knowledge, our experiences and our interests.
One of Our Oldest School Activities— Debating
Coach - Miss Lovechio; SFATED - Dorcas Houle, David Healy, John Merritt. STANDING - Ricky Wittshirk,
Patricia Lyons, Barbara Pollen, Virginia Johnson, Jeannie Brequet; at the lectern - Patricia Moynahan and Cor-
With many a fiery arguement and frightening waving of arms for emphasis, the question of whether or not the
Brannan Farm Program should be adopted was debated this year. The club this year consisted almost entirely of
novices supplemented by two experienced debaters. Our schedule took us to South Hadley High, Westfield High,
and Hopkins Academy where we participated in dabate tournaments along with other schools of the Connecticut
Valley Debating League. With so many prospective debaters in its ranks, the club should, next year, survive the
loss of three varsity debaters - Cornelia DeNood, John Merritt, Pat Moynahan - and enjoy a successful season.
Glee Club and Orchestra
SEATED: Betty Sherk, Susan Ballway, Terry Smith, Sandra Kmit, Miss Healy, Marion Gagnon, Judy Brequet,
Esther Snow, Susan Senecal. STANDING; FIRST ROW: Frances Vayda, Katherine Sroczyk, Irene Timmerman,
Kathy Walsh, Patricia Lyons, Mary Jean Brequet, Nancy Hillenbrand, Cornelia De Nood, Alice Hathaway, Elinor
Leonard, Susan Gorham , Charlotte Parker, Andrea Culver -Pianist. THIRD ROW: William Munroe, Otis Sears,
Don Liimatainen, David Brequet, Brian King, Walter Boucher, David Smith, William McAvoy.
The voices of thirty boys and girls made up the Glee Club this year. Practicing for the annual Music Festival, a
spring concert and graduation exercises required much time of the Glee Club members under the direction of
More time was allotted to the Glee Club in this year's school schedule; thus the girls practiced on Monday, the
boys on Friday, and the combined group on Thursday.
On May 10th, in the Anne T. Dunphy auditorium, singers from the seventh through the twelfth grades presented a
spring concert. West Springfield was the scene of the Music Festival, this year held on May 25th. Here the boys
and girls sang separately and then together.
Graduation night marked the final appearance of the Glee Club and brought to a close a year characterized by
diligent effort with gratifying results.
Andrea Culver at the piano. SEATED - Margie Sherk, Kenneth Sherk, Betty Sherk, Nicky Warren. STANDING
John Merritt, Susan Ballway, Bing Munroe, Beverly Ramstrum , Frank Kushka.
Our School Play
The high school play, WE SHOOK THE FAMILY TREE, from the book by Hildegarde Dolson, was presented on
Friday, June 7, 1957, in the Anne T. Bunphy School Auditorium. The play, a comedy in three acts, engaged a
cast of twelve and was directed by Miss Emma McConnell. Members of the cast were Pat Moynahan, Sam Bow-
ker, Judy Brequet, Bill Munroe, Susan Gorham, Dave Smith, Sue Senecal, Diana Damon, Brian King, Neal
Tennyson, Nancy Hillenbrand, and Margaret Walsh. A large production staff included Jeanne Watling as stage
manager; Sylvia Ferron, box-office manager; Nancy Wells, chairman of the props committee; Betty Beals, chair-
man of the scenery committee; Kathy Walsh in charge of make-up; Irene Timmerman, responsible for costumes.
The plot revolved around the situations a family of six became innocently involved in when the eldest daughter
entered a debate in which she gave a dramatic speech advocating prohibition. She gave such vivid examples of
how cruelly a drunkard treats his family that everyone who heard it thought she was describing her own father !
The resulting incidents were embarrassing to the family but humorous to the audience!
Our School Prom
Prom Queen Beverly Brooks and
her court - Pat Moynahan, Hen-
rietta Ronka, Sandra Kmit, Jean-
We didn't quite make it, but we felt like dancing all night! A nautical atmosphere pervaded the Anne T. Dun-
phy auditorium on the night of May 31st. The occasion was the Junior -Senior Prom and what attractive couples
danced to gay music in a "ballroom " made sea-worthy by its decorations of fishing nets, boats, and a light house
Those dignified seniors!
Woman - talk!
Supplies have arrived!
The ultimate result of
See you tomorrow !
The end of a day - per
feet or not !
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Our School * As We Saw It
A good speech consists
Deadline to meet -
The pause between
In and Out
Shaking the family tree!
Left - right; left-
This is no time to
To let you know that we do have some literary-
minded students at Williamsburg High School we've
included these works of prose and poetry!
• Letting a Pig Out of a Polk
A personal experience related by Ralmon Black
I remember letting a pig out of its pen, and I have good reason for remembering it. The year was 1942 and I
was going onto three years old. It was an early spring and my grandfather was boiling sap; the snow was gone
and it was muddy everywhere, a typical New England spring. The only people I'm sure were involved in this
incident were my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and my father.
I remember wanting to see the pig and going to open the door of its pen. When I did, the old sow took advan-
tage and charged out, knocking me in the mud.
Whether I got the licking before or after they caught the pig I don't remember, but I do remember getting the
licking and I remember where. My uncle paddled me with the sap skimmer.
Watching them catch the pig was quite a sight, I am told. Uncle Ned had the same sap skimmer, Gram a pitch-
fork, Dad a club, and Gramp, who must have thought he was a cowboy, had a lasso. They surrounded the poor
pig and closed in. Gramp whirled his rope and let it go, a perfect shot — for it settled neatly over her head, my
grandmother's head I mean. Gramp had finally caught her after all these yearsl Dad swung at the sow's snout,
but the pig dodged and Uncle Ned took thefull force of the blow — right across the shins. At the same time
Gramp had caught the pig by the hind leg. Between the pig's squealing and my uncle's howling, my aunt, who
had just appeared on the scene, didn't know which to put out of his misery first. Since Dad was in the way, she
couldn't shoot Uncle Ned, so she shot the pig. Well, I never will forget that day, but then, can you blame me?
There are many sights I love to see,
But Newfoundland means the most to me.
St. John's harbour of clearest blue,
With fishermen's boats sailing through.
Sharp black rocks rising into the sky,
Gulls wheeling about giving their cry.
Fishermen's huts crowd the shore,
Codfish dries and makes room for more.
The blue, blue sky and salty air,
The boats and huts-— all are there.
Hugging the cliffs by the romantic sea,
This is what Newfoundland means to me
Ahoy there, boysl
Here comes the wind a freshing down the bay.
Haul up the anchor, unfurl the sail,
Away we'll fly. Awayl
The mightiest storm
Is but a breath upon this sea of ours;
We'll run the watery paths of waves
Although it be night hours.
Ahoy there, boysl
Turn her around and head her out of port.
Well have our fun; we'll have our work,
And we'll have many a sport.
• School Tomorrow
The moon is bright and flakes of snow
Are drifting down from heaven.
But I mustn't linger at the window,
I have to get up at seven.
So listen, my heartiesl
Here comes the wind, afxeshing down the bay.
Haul up the anchor, unfurl the sail,
Away we'll fly. Awayl
A Little Philosophy From Betty Sherk
A strange thought occurred to me;
If all mankind behaved themselves,
Forgot their greed and things like that;
If all mankind contented themselves,
With freedom, food, and habitat;
What a glorious world this could be.
"Hep-Hep, one - two" and our cheerleaders started out a new season with ten girls, the largest squad in the his-
tory of Williamsburg cheering. Our five experienced leaders were Co-captain Cornelia DeNood, Co-captain
Jeanette Samson, Frances Vayda, Elinor Leonard and Sandra Krnit, and our very apt beginners were Terry Smith,
Kathy LaValle, Susan Senecal, Nancy Dufresne, and Sondra Kellogg whom we unhappily lost when she moved
from our town. With a desire to make the 56-57 cheerleaders the best ever, we decided to have practice at
least once a week with Mrs. Krnit. This, and going over the cheers before basketball games made us into a
smoothly functioning squad ready for a good season. Although we are losing three cheerleaders through gradua-
tion, who knows how many eager would-be cheerers will answer the call - "Who's interested in cheering?" -
KNEELING - Nancy Dufresne, Kathy LaValle, Sue Senecal. STANDING - Terry Smith, Sandra Krnit, Jan Sam
son, Coach Mrs. Krnit, Cornelia DeNood, Frances Vayda, Elinor Leonard.
SEATED: Mary Vayda, Margaret Snow, Beverly Brooks, Betty Beals and Patricia Moynahan-Co-Captains, Alice
Hathaway, Esther Snow, Andrea Culver. STANDING: Mrs. Kmit, Betty Boisvert, Barbara Pollen, Carol Mac-
Donald, Diana Damon, Suzanne Graves, Judy Brequet -Assistant Manager, Jeanne Watling -Manager.
As you can see from the scores below, the girls' basketball team did even better this year than we previously
expected. At the end of the season our record was eleven wins and four losses, a record no school should be a-
shamed of, considering that through the graduation of 1956 we lost four out of six regular players. But the gradu-
ates' places were quickly filled by the previous junior varsity members who, after three months of very tough
practice, formed a united six on the floor.
The team of 1956-57 will not go down in history as any one -woman team. It will go down as a united team
playing for Williamsburg High School, and for Mrs. Kmit who showed us not only how to play basketball, but al-
so how to exemplify good sportsmanship. At the same time she instilled in us a desire to win, not only against
our own Franklin League Schools, but also against bigger schools. We thank her sincerely forall her help in
making us better basketball players, and also better citizens.
We wish the best of Luck to next year's team; but we don't see how, with four regulars left, they can help but
carry on the Burgy spirit !
Game Opp. Burgy
Huntington 23 47
Easthampton 7 24
Huntington 23 42
Sanderson 39 35
Charlemont 13 29
Northfield 27 39
Powers 21 56
Easthampton 23 3b
Amherst 29 20
Charlemont 19 40
Sanderson 27 29
Powers 17 47
Northfield 46 40
Amherst 33 32
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SEATED, George Heath, Ron Packard, Sam Bowker, Captain; Brian King, Charles Sears. STANDING, Glenn
Richardson, Wilfred Samson, John Judd, Coach Earl Tonet, Paul Webb, Steven Thayer, Tim Moynahan.
Prior to this year's basketball season, a pessimistic attitude prevailed toward the future of our new squad, simply
because it was a new squad, however, this attitude underwent a rapid change once the season was underway,
The first team consisted of two seniors, Sam Bowker, the Captain, and George Heath, and three juniors, Ron
Packard, Charlie Sears, and Mandy Smith. Amid season Mandy left school to join the service and his vacancy
was filled by Brian King, a very promising sophomore.
Under the vigilant eye of Coach Earl Tonet, the boys began the season with a victory over Clarke School, 44-33.
In the next contest the team didn't click and the St. Michael's five beat us 41-27. This seemed to be just what
the doctor ordered because the boys then went on through the rest of the season to win seventeen straight games
without a loss.
On March second came the true test for the boys. They met Barre, Massachusetts, in the small school Tri -State
Tournament at Turners Falls. Because of its splendid record, Burgy was put into an upper bracket so "The Drag-
ons" opponent was a fast moving team. It was a thrilling see -saw game all the way with no more than six
points difference in the score. The gun sounded and the final score was 49-43 in favor of Barre. Even though
we didn't win, the tourney was a great asset to the school because the boys played so well and thereby won some
Further recognition was earned when Ron Packard finished the season with three hundred points and also received
honorable mention in the All Western Massachusetts Basketball Team.
These achievements made a successful season for Burgy High.
We'll beat Northfield tonight
U p, George
We need this point, Charlie.
Boys--you aren't paying attention !
Clarke School 44
St.Michael'sH. S. 27
Huntington High School 70
Chicopee Vocational School 56
Chicopee Vocational School 68
Charlemont High School
Northfield High School
Belchertown High School
New Salem Acadamy
Huntington High School
Charlemont High School
Northfield High School
Belchertown High School
New Salem Acadamy
This new score-board is tricky.
Two more points — please?
"Get the rebound ! "
Northfield can't stop you, Sam.
Watch closely, Ref .
imonial Banquet March 30, 1957
Without their cooperation --
I 'm happy to say
STANDING - Charlie Sears,
Don Liimatinen, Brian King,
Coach Earl Tonet, David Bre-
quet, George Heath, Ron Pack-
ard. KNEELING - John Judd,
Sam Bowker, Walter Wittshirk,
Steve Thayer, Glen Richardson,
What you have been reading on these pages has been the record of just one year, but
the past four years, from 1953 to 1957, the high school years of this graduating class,
have been years of significant changes in Williamsburg school history. Sadly, a few of
these changes resulted from sorrowful events; others resulted from the demands of time
A boon to the town socially as well as educationally was the construction of a lovely
new elementary school in 1954. Modern classrooms and more than adequate facilities
greeted the children in grades one through six who left the old Helen E. James building
in 1955 and moved into their own school, the Anne T. Dunphy School.
For many, many years the people in Williamsburg, and surrounding communities looked
for leadership in education to Lucius Merritt and Anne Dunphy, our late superintendent
and principal. With their deaths in 1956, we felt that an era had come to an end;
and with the subsequent appointment of Walter Richard as superintendent and Edmund
Houle as principal of the Helen E. James School, we knew that a new era was beginning
In order to keep pace with the demands of an increased enrollment and the principles
of modern education, the junior high school was re-organized on a departmentalized
basis and so brought into closer relationship with the senior high school. This necessita-
ted additions to the teaching staff.
In attempts to meet the needs and demands of a varied student body, new courses have
been added to the curriculum and new activities have been organized. Physical edu-
cation for both boys and girls and speech are now required courses; a science club and
a debating club are now active groups. No doubt each year will see this trend continu-
All these innovations were witnessed by the class of 1957 which has now completed four
years of schooling which we hope were happy, exciting, interesting and beneficial.
How many important tasks await each one! With the training they have received in
this high school and with the help of God, may their lives contribute only "good" to
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Cleaners and Tailors
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162 Main St.
Tel. JU 4-8811
See Assistant Manager, Bob Merritt
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